Andrea Kay McFarland is the president and founder of Kay Tutoring. A Minnesota native, she has a Master’s in Education from the University of Minnesota, attended Yale for her B.A. in History and graduated cum laude from The Blake School. Andrea is a credentialed social studies teacher and has experience working as a classroom teacher as well as in one-on-one settings. Starting out as a volunteer, Andrea discovered her passion for education and tutoring in 2000. Her professional tutoring career began in 2006, when she began providing formal academic and test prep tutoring.
Andrea and Kay Tutoring specialize in helping kids meet their overall goals with respect to school, test prep and college application and essay writing. While she is incredibly invested in helping her students achieve academic success, Andrea strives to make personal connections with all of her students via their interests, realizing that each student is more than just a letter grade or a test score.
Andrea is skilled at helping college applicants prep for interviews and write stand-out admissions essays, having worked with students on their applications for over 15 years now. She has a unique and qualified perspective, having seen the other side of the college application process as an Interviewer for Yale University. She is able to bring this wealth of experience every time she takes a student through the college application process.
Fun facts: Andrea played NCAA Division I Varsity Basketball at Yale, ran Kay Tutoring from San Francisco for six years before moving back to Minnesota in 2012 and re-opening in Minnetonka, and was an avid dog volunteer for over five years at the San Francisco SPCA. She named Kay Tutoring after her maiden name, "Kay." Andrea lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Mallory Goering is Kay Tutoring's Executive Director and a Senior English Language Arts Instructor. A graduate of The University of St. Thomas, Mallory obtained her degree in English, Secondary Education, and Communications/ Journalism. Having graduated from both high school and UST with a 3.97 GPA/ summa cum laude honors, Mallory is as dedicated to her own education as she is to the education of her students. She currently attends graduate school at St. Catherine University and is a licensed 5-12 teacher who has years of experience teaching middle and high school students in both the classroom as well as one-on-one. Mallory has tutored regular and honors English Language Arts, AP Literature & Composition, AP Language and Composition, ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Essay, SAT Writing & Language, SAT Reading, SAT Essay, PSAT Reading, PSAT Writing & Language, College Essay, and Reading Enrichment.
Mallory believes that the most valuable asset one can obtain in life is a quality education. Education is what creates successful, mindful, intelligent, and proactive citizens. It is for this reason that she has dedicated her life to the vocation of teaching so as to equip future generations with the tools necessary to build a better world for everyone. Mallory adores tutoring because working one-on-one with students allows for maximum growth with measurable results. She is up-to-date on the latest teaching practices to ensure her students are engaged and active participants in their own learning.
Kirsten currently serves as the Director of Education at Kay Tutoring, utilizing her background as a teacher, and her background in educational leadership and curriculum development. Kirsten loves supporting kids with test prep, academic & study skills tutoring, college essay & application coaching, graduate school essay & application coaching, enrichment tutoring, and more. In this role, Kirsten not only works directly with students and families, but also helps to manage and support our team of tutors in order to maintain the highest levels of excellence in tutoring and teaching.
Kirsten attended the University of Minnesota for her B.A. in Literature and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. She went on to obtain her Master's in Education from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education in 2013. In a classroom setting, Kirsten teaches students at the honors and AP level as well as students with academic support needs. In 2016, she left teaching for a year to explore curriculum development at the collegiate level and returned to the profession with a specialized background in curriculum development across courses and grade levels, making her an asset to big picture planning.
Kirsten is dedicated to her role as an educator, and she believes excellent instructors are able to meld rigor with curiosity, critical thinking with identity development. It's important that students have access to teachers with a vested interest in who they are now and who they wish to become. Kirsten prioritizes a holistic approach when working with students, ensuring they feel understood and valued. In a quality educational environment, students feel empowered to move beyond paralysis in the face of mistakes and toward the tenacity to achieve.
Overall, Kirsten and Mallory work together to support our students and their families at Kay Tutoring: their passion for education is palpable!
A product of the coasts, Abhik grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C., in Ellicott City, Maryland. After graduating High School, where he was Maryland State Champion in Policy Debate, he attended college at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Abhik studied the Political Economy of East Asia and took several years of Korean. While in college, Abhik served in a variety of leadership roles, including: Captain of the Berkeley Policy Debate Team, Senior World Editor of the Berkeley Political Review, President of the Bay Area Urban Debate League Bears, and Senior Advisor to the Berkeley Chapter of Project Rishi. While at Berkeley, Abhik also interned in the Office of Policy of the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he discovered his passion for combating global poverty.
After graduating, Abhik lived in South Korea on a U.S. Fulbright Grant, where he conducted research on the startup ecosystem in Seoul in addition to teaching conversational English. While in Korea, Abhik also served as a Staff Editor for Infusion, Fulbright Korea's literary magazine. Upon returning to D.C., Abhik worked at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, where he routinely met with counterparts at the U.S. State Department and the Department of Defense, among others. Abhik has experience writing for a variety of notable audiences, with his work in international development and diplomacy cited in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, and the Congressional Research Service. His satirical work has also been featured in McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
Currently, Abhik is a Doctoral Student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studies Development Economics within UNC's Public Policy Department. At UNC, Abhik has taught Public Policy courses at the undergraduate level covering cost-benefit analysis, domestic labor economics, and the ethical considerations undergirding modern policy debates. At Kay Tutoring, Abhik teaches International Relations, Economics, and College Essay Writing. Students Abhik has worked with have gained admission to Top 20 programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including: Columbia University, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, and the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!).
Alek is a double-certified instructor in AP English (Literature and Composition and Language and Composition) as well as a College Board approved auditor. His primary focus is on transitional language studies: introducing the basics of rhetoric, preparing learners for the rigors of college discourse and essay formats, and imparting why these subjects and their applications are integral to everyday learning. Alek is available for College Essay and Application Writing tutoring as well as all English Languages Arts tutoring.
A thirteen-year veteran of distance education, Alek’s professional journey has included stops in Tokyo, South Korea, and Havana. He’s had tenure-length runs at two of the top five online high schools in the United States. Since earning his MA from Western Washington University in Multidisciplinary English, Alek’s pedagogical focus has mainly been the exploration of common truths between storytelling mediums and how our inherent understanding of ‘the story’ applies to academic arenas such as AP English.
A non-traditional student from early on, Alek’s experiences with online learning were also heavily influenced by his participation in the first private online school program in the country. While the trappings may have been a bit crude—suffering through the indignities of dialup modems, meeting in AOL Member Rooms and, when the technology came up short, relying on physical mail correspondence and landlines to complete lessons—the realization that virtual academics had the potential to change the ways we learn was instilled early and is still exercised daily.
Alex graduated magna cum laude from American University with a degree in philosophy and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. His fiction and book reviews have been published in nationally distributed literary magazines, recognized in the Kenyon Review's Short Fiction Contest, and nominated for a 2021 PEN/Robert J. Dau Award for Best Debut Short Story.
Alex taught high school and middle school English for five years before coming to Kay Tutoring. After college, he taught tenth grade in the Mississippi Delta, where his students taught him how literature and art can be tools of social justice and political change. Alex then moved to Minneapolis and took a position at KIPP Northstar Academy. At KIPP, he taught in a 5th grade English Language Arts classroom, worked as a literacy coach and reading specialist, and designed and implemented an original curriculum for the school’s first gifted and talented program. He also coached the KIPP slam poetry team.
At Kay Tutoring, Alex coaches college essay writing and ACT/SAT prep. He has helped students compose successful admissions essays to some of the country’s most selective colleges, including Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, Tufts, University of Chicago, Yale, Northwestern, Emory, Colorado College, and others. He loves to help students rise to meet their potential as writers and test-takers and is especially interested in helping students find their voice through the writing process. Alex grew up in western Montana, but ne currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife, Natalie, and cat, Mississippi.
Alex tutors and teaches all levels of mathematics: ACT/PSAT/SAT Test Prep Math, SAT Subject Test Math I and Math II, and all levels academic math, including college level math. Alex graduated from the University Honors Program at the University of Minnesota with a degree in math and a minor in computer science. Alex was on the Dean’s List for nearly his entire tenure at the U. In his time at the U, he fell in love with the logical structures and beauty which underlie all of mathematics. He is passionate about showing students that math is not just a technical skill, but a creative one as well. Alex served as an undergraduate grader in the mathematics department, providing individualized feedback to improve students’ performance and understanding in Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra and Coding Theory.
In addition to tutoring at Kay Tutoring while he was finishing up his undergraduate degree, Alex has taught in a variety of contexts, beginning with swim lessons before doing science enrichment at Southwest’s summer program, and volunteering in an adult ESL course in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Last year, as an Academic Coach, he led a classroom of 5th graders through math and social-emotional learning at an after-school program in eastside St. Paul. Alex has also served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for approximately four years. While he enjoys classroom teaching, Alex especially enjoys individual tutoring because it allows him to focus on the exact gaps in a student’s understanding.
Alex grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota. He attended Great River School for high school, where he completed the IB Diploma, played ultimate frisbee, started a programming club, and was a lead in a musical. In his free time, Alex likes to build computers, read, thrift shop and research graduate school programs.
Annabel began tutoring with Kay in 2017 after attending the University of Minnesota and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. In high school, Annabel scored a perfect 36 on her ACT English and Reading test sections. Her own success on the exam motivated her to help other students achieve their own high test scores so as to fully realize their potential and get into their dream schools.
She has always had a passion for working with children and young adults, beginning with her very first job as a camp counselor. Prior to attending college she worked as a teacher’s aid at both her high school and a Montessori academy where she realized her love of teaching. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, Annabel also volunteered as a tutor at the Minnesota Internship Center, an alternative high school where she learned to adapt teaching strategies to fit each student’s needs.
In her free time Annabel enjoys creative writing, video games, and spending time with her cat, Stevie.
Annelise graduated from The Blake School with a 3.7 GPA and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude at Whitman College with a 3.86 GPA and a degree in Music (Jazz). During college, Annelise was a student academic advisor, helping first-year college students acclimate to college academics. She also privately tutored middle school students in English while studying abroad in Italy during her junior year of college, and was an assistant teacher at her college's preschool during her junior and senior years.
Having finished college during the pandemic, Annelise knows how stressful, confusing, and disorienting online and hybrid learning can feel. She wants to help students perform to the best of their abilities by helping them develop the skills they need to keep track of assignments, complete work on time, and balance school and life through academic coaching.
Annelise also teaches ACT English/reading and SAT Writing & Language at Kay Tutoring. She is passionate about not only teaching her students the material necessary to greatly improve their scores on the ACT but also keeping them laughing as they progress through our rigorous test prep/tutoring program! One of Annelise's greatest strengths is her ability to relate to her students. Annelise is intimately familiar with the important process of excelling both in school and on standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and the AP exams through personal and professional experience. Overall, Annelise is incredibly personable, funny, outgoing, and fastidious, and she uses all of these qualities to make ACT prep and academic tutoring more engaging for students than you might ever have thought possible!
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hanging out with her golden retriever, Luna, and spending time outside.
Five years after a highly successful Business Day with Andrea Kay as her partner, Brigitte graduated cum laude from Blake. She attended Stanford for her undergraduate studies, graduating with honors in Public Policy. After college, she worked as a management consultant and a nonprofit consultant in North America, Europe, and Africa. She then attended the University of California, San Diego for her doctorate in political science and then worked for the Varieties of Democracy Project at the University of Gothenburg for one year before assuming her current position as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
What might be of particular interest to Kay Tutoring clients is that Brigitte parlayed her Senior Project at Blake into a career: volunteering in Malawi as an 18 year old turned into a decade of research in Malawi, and Brigitte now advises government agencies, aid organizations, and grassroots nonprofits across the country. Having worked as a TA and professor at four universities across the world, her role at Kay Tutoring is to ensure that tutoring services prepare students holistically for the demands of today's college life. She conveys her observations as a college professor so that Kay Tutoring can work towards college readiness in addition to college acceptance.
Caroline grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she attended a German Immersion elementary school, learning to read and write in German before English. She would go on to study abroad in Berlin, Germany in college, where she also interned with a women’s cultural center, shelter, and refugee home. Caroline ultimately graduated with honors from Grinnell College with a BA in English and German Literature.
To combine her love of writing and language, Caroline pursued an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Translation Workshop, part of Iowa’s Writing University. This also allowed her close overlap with other genres and programs, including the Fiction and International Writing Workshop. Upon receiving her degree, she was then selected as one of the Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writers. In this position, she designed and taught an upper-level undergraduate course in the English Department that was part literature seminar and part multi-genre workshop. She was also invited to teach a short course to middle and high school students on literary translation with the Iowa Youth Writing Project.
Caroline loves helping students find their voice through writing, and loves her work as a College Essay Coach and Literature tutor with Kay students and families. She especially enjoys showing students that writing can have a process. In addition, she loves showing students that an end goal, such as a polished college essay or literary analysis paper, is something that is very attainable with the right coaching. She loves also boosting her students to independence, showing them that once coached, they too can learn to write well on their own.
Outside of teaching, Caroline translates and writes her own work. She also enjoys running, traveling, and curling up with a good book and her kitty, Cosette.
Carolyn is a central-Wisconsin native who moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Women’s Studies. A lifelong writer, she attended Hamline University for graduate school and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Passionate about writing, Carolyn has had two novels published, and she has dedicated her professional life to coaching students. After teaching every level of writing and communications at the post-secondary level, Carolyn switched her attention to high school and opened White Bear Lake High School’s Writing Center where she works exclusively with high school students. Carolyn is dedicated to the writing process, working individually with students through every step and tailoring her coaching and support to help each writer reach his or her highest writing potential.
Outside of her professional world of words, Carolyn also spends time on her own writing and loves to curl up with a good book. A long distance runner who has completed over twenty half marathons and marathons and is venturing into the sport of ultramarathoning, Carolyn also spends a great deal of her free time hitting the pavement in her running shoes.
Catherine is currently a senior at the University of Southern California pursuing a double major in Philosophy, Politics, & Law and Political Economy with plans to go to law school. She holds a 3.89 GPA and is the president of Bloom Boutique LA, a student run non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable fashion and community service, as well as the vice president of USC’s Society of Women in the Law. Catherine is a member of the Blackstonians Pre-Law Honors Society and the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.
A Minnesota native, Catherine graduated from Wayzata High School and used Kay Tutoring services herself while studying for the ACT and applying to undergraduate institutions. She is also a native speaker of Mandarin and loves to share her culture and language with other students. Catherine is available to students in speaking, reading, writing, and listening for Mandarin and believes that language is the key to interpersonal communication between people of different cultures.
Growing up in what Catherine describes as a relatively traditional Chinese household, Catherine values the language as an extension and expression of her culture. She loves tutoring students in Chinese, no matter their level, because she loves supporting them as they strive to understand the nuances of a language that she is extremely passionate about. Catherine’s favorite part of studying Chinese is speaking because it’s the most direct way of communicating with someone–when speaking you can hear a person’s tone, which is an extremely important component of Chinese. While conversational Chinese comes naturally to Catherine, Catherine is adept at helping students develop their Chinese reading and writing skills as well.
Christina is a Minnesota native who attended school in the Wayzata area. At Orono Senior High School, she participated in the National Honor Society and Long Lake Rowing Crew. She completed several AP classes and exams with an average high school GPA of 3.8 and AP test scores of 5/5.
From there, Christina landed an athletic scholarship on the Division I Women’s Rowing Team at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. On top of her rigorous course load as a science major, Christina spent 20+ hours each week at rowing practice and competitions. Despite a challenging schedule, she remained dedicated to her studies and received the Academic All-Big Ten Selection University of Minnesota Award. She also took on the role of President of the Lutheran Student Fellowship at The University of Minnesota. Christina hosted and organized various student and volunteer events through this student group. After graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and a Minor in Neuroscience, she secured a position as a Medical Scribe and Assistant at a pain clinic where she worked for two years.
Christina is currently working for Kay Tutoring as a test proctor, administrative assistant, and tutor. Christina is available to tutor statistics, math, biology, psychology, and physics. Working with high school and college-level students, new rowers, and new scribes in the past has fostered a passion in her for mentoring and teaching. She believes that investing time into the education of future generations is both an honor and a privilege. In addition to working for Kay Tutoring, Christina engages in cardiac rhythm analysis for Medtronic Medical Device Company. She enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her husband and puppy in her spare time. She expresses her creative side through crochet, sewing, bracelet weaving, and other hand-crafted products, which she sells on Etsy and at local markets.
Christine has been teaching science courses for 25 years. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology, and math from the University of Arizona. She also graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Education degree in language, reading, and culture. Her teaching career started when, as a college freshman, she joined Literacy Volunteers of America. Her first teaching job out of college was for the Monroe School District in Washington State. After seven years in that district, she moved to Minnesota.
Christine has experience teaching AP and College Now science courses and specializes in chemistry, physics and biology. She has years of experience teaching ACT preparatory classes and has written the MCA high school science assessments for ten years. She is active in the local and state science fairs and has taken many students to the International Science and Engineering fair around the United States.
In 2010, Christine was honored as Teacher of the Year and was awarded the WEM—the outstanding educators award—through Synergy and Leadership Exchange.
Alongside her family, Christine enjoys fishing, hiking, soap and candle making, and reading. Christine’s eldest child of four graduated from MIT and is currently working for a cancer research firm in Seattle, Washington. Her two daughters are in college in California and will graduate with chemistry and law degrees. Her youngest is in high school and enjoys science, mathematics, and chess.
Elizabeth tutors ACT prep in English and reading. She grew up in Missouri and moved to Minnesota in 2010 to attend Carleton College. She graduated cum laude, majoring in English Literature and minoring in Latin American Studies. During her time at Carleton, she discovered her love of working with students as a volunteer tutor for a college access program within the Northfield Public Schools system. She also worked in a dual immersion classroom where students spoke in both English and Spanish. In addition, over the summer Elizabeth interned at 826michigan, a non-profit creative writing and tutoring center in Detroit.
After her time at Carleton, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member working with a college access program for Latino high schoolers.
Elizabeth is passionate about pursuing journalism: outside of tutoring, she writes for Round Earth Media as well as local magazines, including St. Louis Park Magazine and White Bear Lake Magazine.
Emily grew up just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Syracuse University and studied applied mathematics with a minor in economics. During her time at Syracuse, Emily tutored other undergraduates in Calculus I, II, and III. In addition to tutoring students, she interviewed applicants to the university and worked as a research assistant in the math department.
After graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, Emily began a PhD program in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an end goal of teaching in academia. As a part of her degree, Emily works as a teaching assistant (TA). Emily has now virtually taught numerous recitations for an Econ 101 course and regularly assists students outside of the class.
Throughout Emily’s experience teaching, be it tutoring or classroom, virtual or in-person, one thing has remained constant: her passion for helping students succeed. As a current student, Emily understands the constant stress students are under to do well in and out of school and she wants to help in any way she can to ease that stress while simultaneously showing a student how interesting and enjoyable some of the material can be.
Outside of school, Emily has many passions some of which include acting, playing piano, gardening, and spending time with her friends.
Eric tutors chemistry and ACT Science Test Prep at Kay Tutoring. Eric grew up In Edina and graduated from Edina High School. He also attended Augsburg University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry while also tutoring chemistry labs. Currently finishing a Master’s in Education at Augsburg University, Eric is generally tutoring when he’s not working on his coursework. After graduate school, Eric plans to teach high school chemistry.
Even in high school, Eric loved helping other students better understand scientific concepts. As an educator Eric loves to help students see problems from different perspectives, and he is driven by observing the “lightbulb” moments of realization. He also believes that teaching students to be better learners is that most important skill to pass on.
When he has time between school and work, Eric loves to go to the movies or play a board game. As a native Minnesotan, he loves to get out to the Minnesota lakes during the summer as much as possible, and watch the Vikings on Sundays with his family.
Hosni graduated from the University of Minnesota, double majoring in Physics (engineering emphasis) and Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics. His technical experiences largely originate from experimental research he conducted at the University of Minnesota, which include the study of dark matter distributions and developing a Michelson interferometer to study vibrations of a steel bar. Hosni loves physics for the intellectual challenges it provides and for its ability to explain the world around us with beautiful, descriptive elegance.
Hosni graduated from Minnetonka High School with a 3.94 GPA, taking AP Calculus AB and BC as well as Physics B and C amongst many (10, to be precise) other AP courses.
Hosni tutors physics at Kay Tutoring. He loves to help students succeed, while serving as an overall guide for their academic pursuits.
Hosni currently works as an electrical engineer at Safran Test Cells, an aerospace company that designs facilities to test commercial jet engines. In his free time, at NWICC, a religious community center, Hosni teaches an astronomy class for teenagers and tutors students falling behind in their classes.
Ingy is the Executive Lead of Kay Tutoring's Math Department. In addition to tutoring ACT Math and ACT Science, she also tutors the following subjects: math for grades K-12 (including AP Calculus AB and BC, IB Math, and the Math 1 and Math 2 SAT Subject Tests) as well as through all levels of math in higher education. Ingy also tutors all levels of chemistry and economics, including AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry, the SAT Subject test in chemistry, and AP Economics.
Ingy graduated magna cum laude from the International School of Choueifat in Egypt. The school is part of the SABIS network of schools, which includes the International School of Minnesota. Ingy’s school recruited her into tutoring at the young age of six through the school’s peer tutoring program. She found it enjoyable and continued on with the program through graduation. After graduating, she matriculated to the University of Minnesota, where she immediately began working again as a tutor in all levels of math and chemistry. Ingy tutored and taught all four years, which included serving as a Talented Youth Teaching Assistant through the MathCEP program (UMTYMP) where she taught pre-calculus to middle school students. Ingy also became a Level III Certified Master Tutor through the College Reading & Learning Association. As a tutor, Ingy likes to work on achieving the best results using a flexible teaching style to fit each individual’s needs.
Ingy also worked as a Community Advisor through the Housing & Residential Life Department for two years. In this role, she personally advised seventy freshmen on all aspects of life at college, especially how to adjust to college life. This experience enables her to be extraordinarily helpful in assisting high school students to see not only how their math and/or ACT studies are relevant to college coursework, but also how the importance of developing excellent study habits while still in high school is crucial to college success. Ingy embodies this success: Ingy graduated with a 3.6 GPA and studied Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Ingy also served as a two year President of the Women in Mathematics Association.
After a year working full-time for Kay Tutoring, Ingy spent three years in consulting at Deloitte & Touche, primarily focused on Data Analytics, Anti Money Laundering, and Compliance work at large multinational banks. The client-facing aspect of the role further developed her ability to break down and explain complex rules in easily understandable ways. While she enjoyed consulting, Ingy has now decided to return to full-time tutoring, as she has decided teaching is her true passion.
Fun facts about Ingy: Ingy was a model UN superstar in high school; in her free time during college, Ingy volunteered in the pediatric unit of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital; lastly, Ingy has been to 16 countries and does not plan to stop there!
Jack is a Minnesota native who graduated from Blake in 2018 with a 3.5 GPA. He is currently a Junior at Carleton College, where he holds a 3.5 GPA and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Starting in middle school and continuing through college, Jack has received A grades in every Latin course he's taken for nine years straight. He is excellent at helping students understand the big picture of what the readings are saying while simultaneously working to fine-tune grammatical nuances. Jack will also help students develop skills that will make it easier for them to navigate the study of Latin (Charts, Vocab, Readings, etc.) as efficiently and effectively as possible.
As a member of Carleton’s Varsity Football Team and Club Hockey Team and also having played three sports (football, hockey, and rugby) in high school, Jack has a great understanding of the time commitment that extracurriculars require and does a great job helping students create strategies to manage a hectic academic and extracurricular schedule.
Jack is a former student at Kay Tutoring who received coaching for ACT Prep and College Essays. With the help of Kay Tutoring, Jack achieved a 35 on his first attempt taking the ACT. This result, along with the strength of his essays, helped him get into 100% of the colleges to which he applied.
In his spare time, Jack enjoys lifting weights, working on construction projects, playing sports, listening to music, playing board games, and playing video games.
Jenny is a 4th grade teacher in Hastings and has experience teaching all general subjects such as reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and social/emotional behavior at the elementary level. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2015 with majors in Elementary Education and Spanish. She currently holds a Minnesota teaching license for K-6 and received her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Endorsement from Concordia University. Jenny taught for one year in Minneapolis before then moving to the east side of the metro and starting her career in Hastings. Jenny is passionate about literacy education and getting children's books to the hands of her students.
Jenny loves that tutoring allows her to develop one-on-one relationships with her students and connect with them in a more personal way. She believes reading skills, critical thinking, and a passion for literacy are the most important traits for creating lifelong learners.
Aside from teaching, Jenny enjoys summers at her family cabin in northern Wisconsin, staying active by kayaking, biking, running, and playing volleyball, and also finding time to relax with a good book or DIY crafts.
Jesse graduated with his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Before that, Jesse double majored in mathematics and physics at Luther College and had a 3.97 GPA. Jesse was also a member of the National Math and Physics Honor Societies. Jesse graduated from Winona Senior High, taking an incredibly rigorous course schedule.
Jesse is currently the head of the STEM department at Kay Tutoring. He tutors students in Test Prep (ACT - math and science, SAT - math), Math through BC Calculus, and Physics, including all AP levels, with Kay Tutoring. Jesse was a TA throughout graduate school, working with all different levels of students. Jesse has also worked for over 3 years as a tutor in everything from ACT prep to college level calculus and physics to elementary-age mathematics. Jesse has an incredible knack for breaking down complex concepts in a way that students can identify with, using real world analogies to make science and math exciting! Jesse works full-time as a tutor and has plans to stay in education permanently. Jesse believes part of his passion for children comes from having six younger siblings. He believes that the energy and creativity of children of all ages is revitalizing. Jesse has spent 3 summers working at various summer camps with a wide variety of youth, including working at family camps, working as an overnight counselor for a youth camp of children on the autism spectrum, to working as an outdoor youth adventure counselor in Big Sky Montana.
In his free time, Jesse is an avid ultimate frisbee player. He captained a team for 2 years at Luther and still plays in a league. Jesse also is very active, including lifting, swimming, running, and rowing. Fun facts: in high school, Jesse did tons of activities, including playing trumpet in the jazz band, orchestra (including the all-state orchestra) and band, being a member of the knowledge bowl team, swim team and on the board for National Honor Society. Lastly, he is a huge sports fan (Twins, Lynx, Wolves), and takes great pride in being a Minnesotan and Packers fan! Go Pack Go!
As a teacher, during his time with Fairfax County Schools in Virginia, Joe and his colleague raised the passing rate for paper 3 of the IB exam from 20% to 90%, helping many high school students earn three to six college credits. In 2016, Joe won the local VFW teacher of the year. He also completed his Master's in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the end of 2016 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021.
After leaving the classroom in 2017, Joe became the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Technology for a Private Special Education school and an administrator for Baldwin High School. He has also been a consultant for Qatar Foundation International (QFI), where he developed historical subject guides on the Arab world for teachers. Joe has also presented on his literacy teaching techniques in the social studies classroom annually at the American Historical Association in 2020 and 2021. Recently, he was invited to present at the OER project in August which brings together social studies teachers from around the country to learn from one another.
Joseph Sebestyen tutors AP US History, AP European History, AP Government, AP World, and various social studies elective courses for Kay Tutoring. He is currently a High School Assistant Principal with Hampton Township School District, which is a suburban school district north of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also an adjunct professor for the Virginia Community College Association teacher certification program Educate VA. Previously, he taught secondary social studies in North Carolina, Washington D.C., Fairfax County Schools in Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He has tutored students in various subjects, including all AP History courses and IB History courses during his tenure in education and has successfully helped coach kids to their goal scores on the AP and IB exams, which include the top scores possible on each exam.
Joe is passionate about taking the mystery out of social studies writing for students by teaching students the explicit writing techniques and tools they need to achieve top scores as well as become excellent writers, which will serve them throughout their collegiate time and beyond. He is able to quickly develop a rapport with students and just as quickly work to pinpoint and remediate their trouble areas. In addition, Joe excels in putting together private one-on-one tutoring programs and summer workshops to either remediate or enrich students’ social studies skills, which include writing, critical thinking, and much more.
Joe has coached football, baseball and soccer at middle and high school levels and enjoys building positive relationships with students in the extracurricular setting. He was also the 2015 class sponsor for his high school in Virginia. Joe is married and has three daughters under five years old. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, woodworking, and reading.
Julie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where she attended the nation’s oldest public school, Boston Latin School, and graduated with a 3.85 GPA. Julie moved to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College, where she graduated with a 3.7 GPA, a B.A. in English, and a Minnesota state teaching license in Communication Arts and Literature. After working at Prior Lake High School for a number of years, Julie moved back to Massachusetts and currently teaches at Sharon High School.
As a teacher, Julie enjoys not only the daily opportunities to help students find connections to the literature they are analyzing but also the daily opportunities to help students become more clear and cohesive in their writing. She is excited to bring this to her ACT tutoring as well as her general English tutoring through giving students the practical knowledge needed to succeed on their tests and helping them to see the relevance to their academic writing. She also understands that most students aren’t exactly excited about ACT prep, so she ensures her lessons are fast-paced and engaging.
Outside of teaching, Julie enjoys biking to find new places to explore, taking classes to engage with her community and to learn new skills, and, of course, finding new books to read and enjoy. Julie has also spent time coaching rowing, judging and coaching speech and debate, and serving as the staff advisor for her school’s literary magazine, Euphony.
Justin tutors all levels of English literature, including AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition, ACT and SAT/PSAT Test Prep in the verbal sections, and finally, he is also a college essay coach. He is passionate about his work at Kay Tutoring, as, like most educators, getting to work with students 1:1 or in small group is a dream!
Justin is a veteran educator with over fifteen years experience teaching high school and college students. After growing up in rural Indiana, Justin earned a PhD in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Oberlin College, the American University in Cairo, the Blake School, and Saint Paul Academy. These were very different places to teach, but in all of them Justin emphasized one-on-one attention to students and their work. At UW-Madison, Justin worked in the Wisconsin Writing Center, where he learned the best methods for one-on-one writing instruction. In Cairo, he helped Egyptian students win admission to academic programs in the USA, Canada, and Europe and taught Shakespeare to Sudanese refugees. Education needs to meet students where they are, and Justin has devoted himself to doing just that.
Justin lives in Saint Paul with his wife, daughter, and dog. In his free time, Justin enjoys cooking, especially the cuisine of Egypt, where he lived for six years, riding his bike across the Twin Cities, and going on outdoor adventures with his daughter.
After 10 years tutoring math, Kyle maintains the same level of enthusiasm as when he first started and feels lucky to have discovered the never-ending joy of helping students learn the subject he loves. Kyle finds it especially rewarding to adapt to the varying needs of students and help them succeed in achieving their learning goals. Kyle tutors elementary, middle, and high school math for Kay Tutoring, as well as SAT and ACT Math.
Kyle’s vast experience tutoring math began at Mathnasium Learning Center in Grand Rapids, MI, which made Kyle their Lead Math Tutor in 2012, Assistant Center Director in 2013, and Center Director in 2014. In addition to assessing students, training tutors, and overseeing learning plans for elementary, middle, and high school students, Kyle continued to tutor 1:1 all levels of middle and high school math through precalculus as well as ACT and SAT math. Kyle discovered his passion for math tutoring in 2011 by tutoring part-time while earning his Master of Education in School Counseling at Grand Valley State University with a 3.96 GPA. After completing his degree, Kyle dedicated himself to tutoring math full-time.
In summer 2020, Kyle moved to Jakarta, Indonesia with his wife and cat and has continued to tutor math there via Zoom. Playing Spikeball with his friends on the beach in Bali and riding a motorbike through the jungle on one of the many beautiful islands are some of the thrills Kyle enjoys while living abroad.
Liliana is originally from Argentina, where she grew up and got most of her education. She has lived in the U.S. for almost 20 years now and is a seasoned language instructor with 30+ years experience teaching Spanish at all levels in the United States and abroad. She has a master’s degree from Hamline University and is committed to helping students achieve their goals as successfully as possible. Liliana believes everyone can learn a language at their own pace, given the exposure and support needed. She also believes that learning can be personally fulfilling and fun.
When not working, Liliana likes to garden, travel, cook and spend time with family and friends—anything outside!
Yo soy de Santa Fe, ciudad capital de la Provincia de Santa Fe en Argentina. Este importante río desemboca en el Delta del Paraná en Buenos Aires y si lo seguimos hacia el norte nos encontramos con las Cataratas del Iguazú y la Triple Frontera (Argentina-Paraguay-Brasil). Me gusta el vallenato, tomar mate y leer en la playa. No me gusta el invierno largo, ni tampoco hacer los quehaceres domésticos, excepto cocinar y trabajar en el jardín. Me pueden llamar Profe Orsi.
Madison graduated from Portland Oregon’s Saint Mary’s Academy College Preparatory School with a 4.0 GPA, before she proceeded to graduate summa cum laude from Whitman College with a 3.93 GPA and degrees in both Music (Vocal Performance) and Psychology. Madison made the Dean’s List for academic excellence all four years she attended college, was awarded Undergraduate Honors in 2016 and 2017, and was selected as the single recipient of the 2019 “Myrtle Melcher Vinson,” and “Campbell” awards for excellence in music.
While she was a student at Whitman College, Madison served as the Legal and Financial Obligations Intern for The STAR Project; in her capacity as the LFO intern, Madison worked with justice-involved persons in the Walla Walla and Columbia Counties in Washington State, and sought to reduce recidivism by assisting clients in successfully transitioning from incarceration to the community. Madison met with clients to gather important documentation and information, conducted additional research to solve problems pertaining to each client's case, and tutored her clients on how to navigate necessary paperwork processes. During this internship, Madison realized her passion for education, and her desire to help others build their confidence, expand their skills, and empower themselves through the acquisition of knowledge.
The daughter of an educator, Madison has been privy to the ins and outs of online and hybrid learning, and she understands that the current education landscape has its challenges for students. She wants to support students and help them create and accomplish specific academic goals, and realize their school-related dreams.
In her free time, Madison enjoys playing the piano, spending time with her greyhound Murphy, and serving as the unofficial third judge of The Great British Baking Show (from her couch).
Maeve is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota where she is majoring in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese. In high school, she studied at the University of Minnesota’s Confucius Institute (when it was still open) and studied abroad in Beijing with the high school program School Year Abroad China (SYA). Attending SYA, she discovered New York University Shanghai where she studied for one year as a freshman in college.
Chinese has been a passion of Maeve’s since middle school and having experienced learning the language both in American classrooms and on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, she knows which learning methods work and which don’t. She has improved her vocabulary over the years using mnemonics—associating images with word meanings—and has used this concept in her tutoring.
In her free time, Maeve enjoys watching The Rational Life on Netflix, a Chinese TV show set in Shanghai.
Micaela tutors and teaches all levels of mathematics, including college-level math and statistics. Micaela graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota within the University Honors Program. Unable to choose just one area of study, Micaela finished her bachelor’s degree in math and music, with a minor in economics. Throughout college, Micaela worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Minnesota Law School helping research neuroscience ethics, specifically around youth sports concussion policy. She also served as the founder and president of a local sorority and volunteered as a tutor at an after school program in Minneapolis. After graduation, Micaela worked in Washington DC at a philanthropic consulting firm but returned to Minnesota to be closer to her family during the pandemic.
Having experienced firsthand how the quality of teaching and tutoring can impact a student’s experience in a class, Micaela is passionate about connecting with students on an individual level to help them foster positive relationships with their coursework.
Micaela attended Saint Paul Central High School and graduated as valedictorian. Some of Micaela’s coursework included AP AB and BC Calculus, AP US History, AP Chemistry, AP Language & Composition, and IB French. She also scored a near-perfect on her SAT! In high school, she was an active participant in the music department, serving as president and concertmaster of the orchestra, and competed on the school’s alpine ski team. She also played violin in the all-state orchestra. In her free time now, she enjoys trying new recipes and spending copious amounts of time with her dogs.
Nathan tutors all levels of English, including, AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition, the SAT Subject Test in Literature and ACT/SAT/PSAT Test Prep in the verbal sections.
Nathan is a Minnesota native, growing up just down the road in Delano. He earned his B.A. in English literature with a writing focus from Gustavus Adolphus College before entering into a career as a print journalist. After working for several local papers, he made his way to Washington, D.C. where he wrote for a political blog and gained a penchant for traveling and learning about other parts of the U.S. as well as global cultures.
His curiosity led him back and forth across the U.S. before he gained admittance to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he studied literature and earned his MSc in American literature and cultures. Since then, he has lived and worked in Guatemala, Alaska, Cleveland, and San Francisco, working as an adjunct composition and rhetoric instructor. With a desire to teach English full-time, he has returned to Minnesota to pursue his teaching license and enter into secondary education. Although Nathan has loads of teaching and tutoring experience, he looks forward to continuing to hone his teaching skills and to create more meaningful connections with his students than is possible under the adjunct system.
Nathan tutors all levels of English, including, AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition, the SAT Subject Test in Literature and ACT and SAT/PSAT Test Prep in the verbal sections.
Riana graduated with a 5.0 in 2019 from MIT with a bachelor's degree in biological engineering. She has years of experience tutoring mathematics-based classes and test prep and loves helping students not only learn the relevant content but also gain an intuitive sense of the material. Riana has previously taught SAT Prep for the English section through a program at MIT geared towards low-income students. She has also tutored mathematics at a local community college and TAed various math and science classes. In addition to teaching at Kay Tutoring, she also does volunteer tutoring for low-income middle and high school students.
Riana holds academic honors such as National Merit Finalist, Washington State Scholar, National AP Scholar, YWCA Young Woman of Achievement, Tau Beta Pi member, and Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. She also won second place with her senior capstone group for their project entitled "Beacon Diagnostics" for which they pitched a phage-mediated in situ microbiome engineering system for disease diagnostics, specifically colon cancer. Additionally, Riana was featured in MIT's "New to Campus" incoming class news article where they selected 4 incoming freshmen to be spotlighted. In this article, they highlighted Riana's efforts to support women in STEM, including co-founding a club for girls in computer science at her high school, organizing an Hour of Code tradition at her high school, volunteering at local middle and elementary schools to mentor robotics students, and working a summer with the YWCA's Girls Without Limits camp to teach computer programming and robotics to middle school girls. Later, while at MIT, she also became the Mentor Coordinator for the CodeIt! Program which teaches Scratch-based programming skills to middle school girls with the mission of inspiring young women to pursue careers in computer science.
In her free time, Riana enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and nature walks. She also loves animals, listening to music, and learning from educational podcasts and youtube courses. Riana's career aspirations include getting a masters in public health nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietician. Other activities she is currently involved in include being the state representative and assistant newsletter editor for the vegetarian subgroup of the nutrition academy and mentoring struggling adult community college students through The Mentoring Project.
Roger tutors all levels of psychology, including AP Psychology, at Kay Tutoring. Roger has his Ph.D in Psychology, and he is also a non-clinically licensed academic and research psychologist, a Licensed Social Worker, and a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at both Augsburg University and Concordia University. Roger teaches courses to undergraduates in basic Psychology, Child Development, and Group therapy practice. He has tutored high school and undergraduate students in Psychology and English literature, composition, and SAT/ACT test-taking skills. He has also taught graduate level students Group Therapy, Psychology of Small Groups, and Treatment Planning. Roger has a wealth of experience working with high school and college students to learn effective ways of studying and recalling information they have studied—he understands these fundamental skills at their core and looks forward to working with you or your child to improve not only your grade in your psychology class but also your ability to study efficiently!
Roger is originally from Boston and has three adult children and two grandchildren who still reside there. He is an accomplished art photographer, enjoys riding his motorcycle through the countryside during the summer months, and discussing the Boston Red Sox with anyone who will put up with him.
Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English Literature and Language and a minor in Linguistics in 2013. Immediately after, she taught English abroad in Miskolc, Hungary, where the only phrase of Hungarian she knew was "I'm sorry, I don't speak Hungarian." It confused them. Upon her return to the US, she began tutoring in Tucson, Arizona where she worked with a variety of ages ranging from 3rd grade to college writing. In 2019, she and her husband, Nick, moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where the humidity nearly drowns you. She is also currently pursuing an MA in technical writing at the University of North Alabama.
Sarah has been tutoring writing and ACT prep 1:1 and in small groups for over four years. She adores working with students on grammar, reading and writing skills! Like our other verbal tutors, she finds it pretty amazing that she gets to work in an area she is so passionate about. However she also understands that not everyone shares this passion, so she’s very adept at making her lessons as fast-paced and exciting as possible.
Sarah's hobbies include quilting (it's not just for old ladies anymore!) and biking with her husband.
Shannon is both a college essay tutor and an ACT English & reading tutor. Shannon is passionate about grammar, reading, and writing. Writing academically and creatively fills Shannon with excitement, and she enjoys sharing her passion with students. Shannon has extensive experience helping students write compelling, authentic college essays that reveal students’ unique personality, values, and strengths.
After graduating from high school from Benilde St. Margaret’s, Shannon attended St. Olaf College, where she majored in theatre and nearly had a double major in English. After graduating from St. Olaf, she served as a High School Coach with College Possible, where she helped students through the college application and financial aid process. This included a great deal of direct test preparation and college essay and application instruction. In 2017, she returned to St. Olaf as an Assistant Dean of Admissions, where she helps families navigate the college admissions process, reads applications, and travels to meet prospective students all across the country. She is also looking forward to leading the Senior Fellows Program this year: a program for students who are interested in college admissions careers.
Shannon enjoys theatre directing, running and traveling in her free time. In college, she studied Spanish in Ecuador, history in Italy, and creative writing in England at the University of East Anglia. Most recently, she combined these passions by running the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso Norway.
A veteran high school teacher who recently celebrated her 20th year teaching math at The Blake School, Susan is excited bring her wealth of teaching experience and passion for mathematics to Kay Tutoring.
Back when Susan was in high school herself, she was a National Merit scholar. She then went on to earn her B.A. in Math from Kenyon College and her Master of Science in Mathematics from University of Virginia. Now, having taught both AP Calculus and AP Statistics courses, Susan is extremely familiar with the rigors of standardized tests and takes pride in helping students devise their personal strategies for success on these high stakes exams. Along with her experience teaching AP courses, Susan has taught a full range of high school math courses, including various levels of Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Additionally, she has even designed her own curriculum for an elective course in Game Theory.
Susan is thrilled to have the chance to work with students in a one-on-one or small group setting, and she is a adept at adapting curriculum to the needs of each individual learner. She loves working with students to improve their understanding of math concepts, and encourages them to relish in the beauty and power of the subject.
In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, exploring local parks, and tackling the daily crossword puzzle.
Todd is a credentialed science teacher with a B.S. in Zoology from Texas A&M University and an M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience in a wide variety of subjects and has a great love of learning. His passion for learning has led him into a new career as a software developer for the University of Minnesota.
Todd grew up in Houston, TX and lived in Tokyo, Japan for 10 years, where he taught AP Biology and Algebra for the Department of Defense school system. He then spent six years in Honolulu, HI teaching at prestigious private schools.
Todd loves working with students and helping them achieve success in their academic careers while also improving their life skills. His specialties include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Web Development, Algebra, Geometry, and Precalculus, and he makes it a point to accelerate students’ progress by tailoring lessons to their learning styles and experiences.